By Malcolm Muggeridge
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It would be the same without hunger for spiritual things; we should be bored. Hunger for justice is the eighth beatitude… The heart has its reasons which are unknown to reason… It is the heart which is aware of God and not reason. That is what faith is: God perceived intuitively by the heart, not by reason… What a vast distance there is between knowing God and loving Him… Since your reason inclines you to believe and yet you cannot believe, your inability to believe comes from your passions. Try, then, not to con vince yourself by multiplying the proofs of the existence of God, but by diminishing your passions… When Plato and Aristotle wrote about politics, they were drawing up plans for a madhouse whose inmates –mankind – would be compelled to invent endless diversions to avoid confronting the circumstances of their existence, which would plunge them into despair, and to fight off the ennui which would otherwise afflict them.
The movement at tracted such gifted, pious people, as well as aristocrats like the Duc de Roanne, a great friend of Pascal. Some of these aristocratic Jansenists became known as the gentlemen-hermits. At Port Royal some of the most dramatic and decisive exchanges of Pascal’s life took place with his dearly loved sister Jacqueline, who had insisted on becoming a nun at this famous convent after the death of their father. Pascal’s feelings about her renunciation of the world were mixed. At first he approved, then he opposed, and then he sourly acquiesced.
A Third Testament william blake 15 – 1 W e are all endlessly looking for reality even when we try not to, or think we are not. This applies particularly, of course, to poets, artists, mystics – even, in their own way, to philosophers and scientists. Though we pursue fantasy, never more so than today, the soul’s only true sustenance is reality, which even in the most adverse circumstance it somehow finds, just as a seed falling on a rock face somehow finds the tiny crack where it can grow. Of no English poet and artist is this more true than of William Blake.
A Third Testament: A Modern Pilgrim Explores the Spiritual Wanderings of Augustine, Blake, Pascal, Tolstoy, Bonhoeffer, Kierkegaard, and Dostoevsky by Malcolm Muggeridge